A brief history of Land Surveyors

Ever since ancient man decided that one piece of land would belong to one tribe and another piece of land to another, there’s been a need for land surveys. The Egyptians first used it to accurately divide land into plots for the purpose of taxation. Every major civilization in the history of the world utilized land surveying, some with more sophisticated and accurate results than others.

The basic principles of surveying have changed little over the ages, but the tools used by surveyors have evolved tremendously. Engineering, especially civil engineering


depends heavily on surveyors.

Whenever there are roads, railways, reservoir, dams, pipeline transports retaining walls, bridges or residential areas to be built, surveyors are involved. They establish the boundaries of legal descriptions and the boundaries of various lines of political divisions. They also provide advice and data for geographical information systems (GIS), computer databases that contain data on land features and boundaries.

Land surveying has even more applications today than in those of our predecessors.  As our means of recording and preserving our history becomes more sophisticated, so do the means by which we measure and record our boundaries and land.

Today surveying affects most everything in our daily lives. A few of the areas where surveying is being used are:

  • To map the earth above and below the sea.
  • Prepare navigational maps (land, air, sea).
  • Establish boundaries of public and private lands.
  • Develop data bases for natural resource management.

Development of engineering data for

  • Bridge construction
  • Roads
  • Buildings
  • Land development

If you are in the South West of Australia, including Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Dunsborough or Albany, consider contacting Survcon Land Surveyors Busselton. Survcon is a small professional and local land surveying firm providing both licensed land and engineering surveying services in the south west of Western Australia.